Sheriff: Deputy fired 16 shots after driver pointed handgun

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says an 18-year-old driver pointed a handgun at a deputy before he was fatally shot. 

Easter played the deputy's dash cam images during a briefing Thursday afternoon. He stated the deputy observed a possible impaired driver just after 1 a.m. Thursday.

"The driver of the vehicle drove left of center several times and also straddled the lane divider line," Easter said. 

The deputy stopped the car in the 1100 block of North Tyler, near Northwest High School. After the deputy asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, the driver pointed a handgun at the deputy's face, Easter said.

"The deputy moved away from the vehicle...and the suspect stuck the gun out of the window, with both hands placed on the handgun, and pointed it at the deputy."

The deputy fired 16 times at the driver who took off heading north. He was located after striking a house in the 1500 block of North Tyler. 

"From the time the deputy got out of his car to the time the first shot was fired was less than a minute."

The driver, identified as Caleb Douglas, was taken to a local hospital where he later died. A loaded handgun was found in the Goddard Academy graduate's car. 

Easter said the 32-year-old deputy has been a patrol deputy for 14 months and has seven years of prior law enforcement experience. The KBI is assisting in the investigation. 


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A man has died following a deputy-involved shooting and crash early Thursday morning in west Wichita. 

A Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle around 1 a.m. near 11th Street North and Tyler. Lt. Lin Dehning said shots were fired during the traffic stop. The driver then took off. 

The vehicle was found later in the 1500 block of North Tyler after it had crashed into a house. The suspect was taken to a local hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Kendyl Anderson lives in the home that was struck and said it sounded like an earthquake.

"We looked out the back and there was a bunch of smoke everywhere," she said. "We came outside and there was a car in the house."

Officers told the home's occupants to exit the house due to safety concerns. No one in the home was hurt. 

Authorities have opened up a previously blocked portion of North Tyler near Northwest High School.

Lt. Dehning said more details would be provided later in the day.